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AUSTRALIAN STATISTICS ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Hon Chris Pearce MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, with the Australian Statistician, Brian Pink, and participants at the Australian Statistics Advisory Council meeting on 5 June 2007.
The Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) was established by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975 to be the key advisory body to the Minister and the Statistician on statistical services. It provides valuable input to the directions and priorities of the ABS work program and reports annually to Parliament. ASAC meets twice each year.
The functions of ASAC, as set out in the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975, are to advise the Minister and the Statistician in relation to:
(a) the improvement, extension and coordination of statistical services provided for public purposes in Australia
(b) annual and longer-term priorities and programs of work that should be adopted in relation to major aspects of the provision of those statistical services, and
(c) any other matters relating generally to those statistical services.
The chairperson of ASAC is Mr Geoff Allen, Director, The Allen Consulting Group. Mr Allen commenced his term as chairperson on 1 March 2007. The previous chairperson, Professor Sandra Harding, completed her five-year term on 28 February 2007.
The mission of the Australian Statistical Advisory Council is:
To ensure that, in keeping with Council’s statutory charter, the advice furnished to the Minister and the Statistician in relation to the collection and dissemination of statistics has due regard to relative priorities, is objective, relevant, timely, constructive and practical, and that it is sensitive to the needs of both suppliers and users of statistical data.
All state and territory governments are represented on ASAC. The other council members are chosen to represent a broad cross-section of perspectives, covering government, business, academic and community interests.
Further information on ASAC can be found on their website (www.asac.gov.au) or by contacting the ASAC Secretariat (ABS, Locked Bag 10, Belconnen, ACT, 2616 or 02 6252 7809). The council’s annual report can also be found on their website.